If I was in a position to be a minor again and if I was on both hurling and football panels I’d have no issue giving up football if it meant playing hurling for Dublin. A good few lads have ambitions of doing one or the other I’d imagine. A few rare cases where lads genuinely want to do it at both codes. The commitment would be colossal in today’s game so I’d imagine eventually players would naturally chose one or the other at senior provided they were still good enough to have such a luxury of choosing having not dedicated themselves to one code up to that point. That’s my view on it at county level.
On the other hand, Paddy Christie or any other county manager, has no right to tell any player he has to give up one code altogether to play for him. While the sport is amateur and no contracts being signed, fundamentally what he does is wrong. It’s a two fingers to the club that the lad is from. A club puts years into players and if one should be good enough to play one code at county level he should not be lost to the club in the other one because some fella who only really cares about the lads future in the short term says so. I’d hope players would stick together on that issue going forward but they probably won’t.